“Crazy” Honey of “Wrong” Bees: What are the Benefits and Insidious Dangers of the Delicacy?

The Himalayas are home to the largest bees in the world (up to three centimeters long), which are famous for the hallucinogenic properties of their honey. It is called “red” or “crazy” because the insects “make” the product from a poisonous rhododendron flower that grows only high in the mountains. The pollen of the flower contains a narcotic substance. This product is used for medical purposes.

In small doses, Himalayan honey is very effective in treating many diseases, from diabetes to solving various sexual problems. But there is one danger – in large doses, honey is extremely dangerous and can even be fatal.

How “crazy” honey is extracted

Honey extraction is an extremely dangerous task. It is difficult to get to it, as huge bees “build” their large nests on steep cliffs, at a great height, not lower than 2500 meters. The diameter of the nests can be up to one and a half meters and each of them can produce up to 60 kilograms of honey. There is also a high risk of being stung by angry bees while collecting honey. In such extreme conditions, honey is harvested twice a year – in spring and in autumn. Often, the bees fall off the cliffs and die, which is why the “crazy” honey is very expensive.

The benefits of “crazy” honey

In small quantities, the product has a good effect on the body and helps fight many diseases:

  • diabetes mellitus
  • hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • sexual dysfunction
  • weak immunity
  • chronic fatigue

The use of the product also guarantees a pleasant feeling of light dizziness, relaxation, and euphoria. The tingling sensation that occurs after the product gets on the tongue gives the “red” honey a special piquancy.

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Written by Emma Miller

I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and own a private nutrition practice, where I provide one-on-one nutritional counseling to patients. I specialize in chronic disease prevention/ management, vegan/ vegetarian nutrition, pre-natal/ postpartum nutrition, wellness coaching, medical nutrition therapy, and weight management.

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